- Sit up straight when you eat, eat small and healthy meals, cut back on tea or coffee to prevent indigestion problems – heart burn, nausea, distension.
- If your vision seems blurred try not to worry too much – it will pass off after delivery.
- Carry on doing pelvic floor exercises, have lots of water and food rich in fibre to help with constipation.
- Maintain oral hygiene – brush your teeth at least twice a day. Periodontitis, a serious infection of gums has been linked to premature birth and increased risk of pregnancy related serious illnesses.
- Use moisturiser or calamine lotion if your skin feels itchy.
Ask your doctor
- My face, hands and feet feel puffy and swollen. I also get splitting headaches. Can this be due to high blood pressure in pregnancy?
- I get this tingling sensation and constant urge to move my legs. Could this be due to iron deficiency?
- My wrists hurt and I can barely move my fingers. Can acupuncture help?
- I often think that I don’t deserve to be happy! I think I have depression?
Questions you may have
“Birth plans are personal. It is about thinking through what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. I planned where I wanted to give birth, what kind of pain relief I would like, discuss about caesarean section and what should I be looking out for in my newborn. I was advised to discuss my birthing plan with my husband, how he could help and to be flexible as all may not go as per plan!”
“Normal daily hair loss is suppressed by pregnancy hormones. Enjoy the look for now. After delivery you will shed quite a lot - all the hair that does not fall now!”